40 Years of Bray Lake

Bray Lake Watersports

Memories of Bray Lake

This year at Bray Lake we turn 40 and to help us celebrate this milestone we would like to hear from you. We want to build an online memory board made up of your experiences and memories of Bray Lake.  We would like to hear about your favourite experiences at Bray Lake.  Over the years we have seen 1000s of customers and visitors come and go at the Centre.  Some have become part of the very fabric of the Centre, and have stuck with us through thick and thin, whilst others have come and gone after a season.

Kids have come on school trips, and have been inspired to become instructors, whilst some have even gone on to compete worldwide. We started out as a sailboard school in the late 70s and now offer a wide range of activities from sailing and kayaking to stand up paddleboarding and open water swimming.  In amongst all the other activities there is bungee jumping, Segway, diving, dragon boating as well as fishing.

Please tell us about your experiences and send in a photo. These will go up on a social media throughout the year and help build our online memory board.

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December 2001

December 2001

Such great memories - Raewyn Calhaem

Dawn breaks...

Dawn breaks...

"SUP Club Championships 2018, morning rise of race day" - Matt Powow

Bray Lake Mates

Bray Lake Mates

"Many many good times, on and off the water, had in late 90's early" - Raewyn Calhaem

Open water swimming

Open water swimming

"In 2011 I started my journey in to open water swimming. It was August, must have been over 17 degrees (tropical compared to this weekend) one borrowed wet suit, pool Google's, swim cap - how hard could it be..."- Andy Cowe

Staff race

Staff race

"Think this was a Staff race - possibly the day Pecks ended up in hospital with a cut to the eye from a rogue topper / topaz boom catching him." Sarah Borg

Kitting up

Kitting up

Memories from Sarah Borg

Memories from Sarah Borg

Team pic in the Club House

Team pic in the Club House

Memory from Sarah Borg

Times gone by...

Times gone by...

Memories from Sarah Borg

BIG LOVE FOR BRAY!

BIG LOVE FOR BRAY!

"I worked 2 seasons at Bray Lake with literally the best people in the world! I learnt to windsurf & kayak, made some amazing friends & had the best time ever! It was my first seasonal job, being there I learnt so much, and it set me up for my years of being a seasonaire! BIG LOVE FOR BRAY! xxx" Daisy Dear

Are we amused?

Are we amused?

Matt "enjoying" a moment

Taking a blast

Taking a blast

Matt windsurfing at Bray Lake

Great Memories

Great Memories

Matt worked at Bray Lake and notched up 5 years with the Centre

Club Trip

Club Trip

"A pretty vague memory from the Bray Lake trip to Club Vass in 1999 (I think). A week of windsurfing and partying, and windsurfing and partying and ... you get the idea! All dressed up and ready for another party night in Greece! People I recognise (remember?) in the photo include: me, Frosty, Ian Cartwright, Craig Maxwell and Ricky Pow! " Andy Rowney

Loving the SUP

Loving the SUP

"Starting at kayaking, I found a love for paddle boarding which led me to do many junior races in my first couple of years." Emily Crawshaw

Bray Bubble effect!

Bray Bubble effect!

"The Bray Bubble is a place where you can just be you, everyone is just a little bit crazy, when I was an AI we always said "you have to be a little bit weird to work at Bray Lake." Emily Crawshaw

So many memories...

So many memories...

"Hard to pin down one memory as I have now spent every summer and the vast majority of my Sunday mornings down at Bray since 2014" Emily Crawshaw

SUP Club Champs 2018

SUP Club Champs 2018

"Such an epic day, British SUPClub champs 2018, I’ve met many friends through SUP, but never So many people, from so many different clubs from all over the country, in the same day. Even the Sun came out to play!! " Jonny H

Summer 2012

Summer 2012

"The summer of Olympic Games at Dorney Lake and my adventure down south from Scotland was spent coaching kayaking, sunbathing and jumping in the lake." Tanya M

Great place to work

Great place to work

"I have worked in the car park, cafe and as an instructor and the Lake will always be very important to me." Helen W

BBC Breakfast Interview

BBC Breakfast Interview

"I ended up on bbc breakfast when I was an assistant instructor." Helen W

Dedicated to the sport

Dedicated to the sport

"I used to cycle down to Bray Lake after school to windsurf whatever the weather!" Helen W

Swimming with the dolphins?? Maybe not!

Swimming with the dolphins?? Maybe not!

"Taken in 2005 before you had ‘proper’ swimming, when me and my friends used to come and mingle with the fishermen!"

Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner

Circa 1990 - Graham, Colin and Dave

Super Tan Lines!

Super Tan Lines!

"Working at Bray Lake Summer of 2016 and getting the best tan lines ever!" Jonny K

Windsurfing - The Essence of Bray Lake

Windsurfing - The Essence of Bray Lake

Launching from the beach

Getting some air!

Getting some air!

Even at Bray Lake pull off a jump on a windsurfer is possible

SUP Club

SUP Club

Events, challenges and for the love of stand up paddleboarding

Windsurf School

Windsurf School

Summer fun teaching the basics of windsurfing

River Paddling

River Paddling

Ideally situated to take advantage of access to the River Thames along The Cut

Living the dream

Living the dream

Chilling on the banks of Bray Lake

Winter Swimming

Winter Swimming

Year round open water swimming, breaking the ice!

Windsuring at Bray

Windsuring at Bray

Learn to windsurf course and club house cabin

Source to Sea

Source to Sea

Team Bray taking part in the River Thames SUP Challenge

Bray Lake Social

Bray Lake Social

Bray staff are always willing to go the extra mile, even at socials

Christmas SUP

Christmas SUP

Seasonal fun with Christmas paddle on the River Thames

Launching Beach

Launching Beach

Preparing for launch on Bray beach

Learn to Windsurf

Learn to Windsurf

Sailboarding at Bray Lake

Sailboarding at Bray Lake

Lake Excavation

Lake Excavation

Starting life as a gravel pit whilst being used for windsurfing

Early Club House

Early Club House

Activ days with more equipment available

Bray Lake - The Early Days

Bray Lake - The Early Days

Sailboards drifting in the late afternoon

Lorry

Lorry "Club House"

Original changing rooms

Open water swimming

Open water swimming

Bray Lake Logo

Bray Lake Logo

Sailing

Sailing

Learning the ropes at Bray Lake

Sun logo on wood background

Sun logo on wood background

Bray Lake Sun

Bray Lake Sun

Kayaking at Bray Lake

Kayaking at Bray Lake

Club house 2008

Club house 2008

Learning to windsurf

Learning to windsurf

Colenorton Dragon Boating

Colenorton Dragon Boating

Club trip at Dale, West Wales

Club trip at Dale, West Wales

Summer Kids Camp

Summer Kids Camp

Multi activity fun day